Minna Poranen


Description of research and teaching

Molecular biology of prokaryotic viruses, especially dsRNA viruses; virus assembly; in vitro self-assembly systems; RNA translocation and replication; exploitation and engineering of viral processes for synthetic biology applications; molecular evolution of nucleic acid and nucleotide processing enzymes of Bacteria, Archaea, Eukarya, and their viruses; viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerases.

Further information on the affiliationPrincipal Investigator in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences (2009-); Academy Research Fellow (2011-2016); Title of Docent in Molecular virology (2009-); Acting University Lecturer in Molecular Virology (2007-2011; part-time position); Principal Investigator in the Academy of Finland Research programme on Synthetic Biology (FinSynBio; 2013-2017); University Lecturer, Department of Biosciences (September 2016-)

Latest publications

  1. Taxonomy of prokaryotic viruses: 2017 update from the ICTV Bacterial and Archaeal Viruses Subcommittee

    Adriaenssens, E. M., Wittmann, J., Kuhn, J. H., Turner, D., Sullivan, M. B., Dutilh, B. E., Jang, H. B., van Zyl, L. J., Klumpp, J., Lobocka, M., Moreno Switt, A. I., Rumnieks, J., Edwards, R. A., Uchiyama, J., Alfenas-Zerbini, P., Petty, N. K., Kropinski, A. M., Barylski, J., Gillis, A., Clokie, M. R. C., Prangishvili, D., Lavigne, R., Aziz, R. K., Duffy, S., Krupovic, M., Poranen, M. M., Knezevic, P., Enault, F., Tong, Y., Oksanen, H. M. & Brister, J. R. Apr 2018 In : Archives of Virology. 163, 4, p. 1125-1129 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview Article

  2. Recognition of six additional cystoviruses: Pseudomonas virus phi6 is no longer the sole species of the family Cystoviridae

    Mäntynen, S., Sundberg, L-R. & Poranen, M. M. 2018 In : Archives of Virology. 163, p. 1117–1124

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview Article

  3. Accepted/In press

    Synthetic biology approach for plant protection using dsRNA

    Niehl, A., Soininen, M., Poranen, M. M. & Heinlein, M. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Plant biotechnology journal.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Latest activities

  1. PLoS One (Journal)

    Poranen, M. (Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  2. Sari Mäntynen

    Poranen, M. (Host)
    8 Mar 201710 Mar 2017

    Activity: Hosting a visitorAcademic visit at UH

  3. Steering group, Master's Programme of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology, University of Helsinki (External organisation)

    Poranen, M. (Board member)
    1 Jan 201731 Dec 2020

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

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Latest prizes

  1. Excellence in Master Thesis Supervision Award, 2005

    Minna Poranen (Recipient), 23 Feb 2006

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Viikki Biocenter Dissertation Prize, 2000

    Minna Poranen (Recipient), 20 Nov 2000

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Latest projects

  1. Novel RNA-mediated therapies for virus infections

    Hukkanen, V. & Poranen, M.

    Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation


    Project: Research project

  2. Viral RNA Replication Complexes and Transcripts as Targets for Antiviral Drug Discovery

    Poranen, M.

    Sigrid Juselius Foundation

    01/04/2016 → …

    Project: Research project_Research

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